North Central Washington Open for Fall Tourism Business
Following State’s Record Forest Fire Season
Skies have cleared after Washington State’s worst-ever wild fire season and businesses in Lake Chelan, Winthrop, Twist and other communities in of north central Washington have a common message for travelers: “We’re open for business, and fall is a great time to visit!”
Music, arts and a wealth of fall festivals and events fill the air now. Crisp apples, pears and other produce are at peak season and are abundant in weekend farmers markets. Wine tasting and the fall crush are the perfect time to explore the region’s more than 30 wineries. Sunny, dry fall days beckon golf, hiking and mountain biking. And fall color is at its peak in early- and mid-October in the nearby Cascades as larch, maple and aspen turn deep gold and orange.
Fall Highlights and Events
- Harvest Festival, downtown Chelan, Sept. 25-26
- Mahogany and Merlot Hydro Races, Lake Celan, October 2-4
- Lake Chelan Crush Festival, October 3-4, 10-11
- Cider Fest 2015, October 10-11
- 2nd Annual Phoenix Festival, presented by TwispWorks and Methow Arts Alliance in partnership with Confluence Gallery
- This American old west town boomed with the lure of gold in the late 1800’s and today draws fall color-seekers and outdoor recreationists.
Cascade Loop Association
- The Cascade Loop connects scenic North Cascades National Park and Steven Pass with North Central Washington.
Fire donations are still welcome by the impacted communities in north central Washington: